Canoe Project

Florida State Archives

As part of The Canoe Project’s mission to shed some light on Miami’s forgotten waterways, I spoke to Pamela Sweeney, a bona fide expert on Miami’s canal system and the Biscayne Bay. Sweeney is the Manager of the Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserve.

Terence Cantarella via Twitter

Here at WRLN, one of our intrepid contributors, Terence Cantarella, has embarked on a four day long excursion in a canoe through Miami’s network of canals. His mission: to travel around the county on its forgotten waterways.

We named this journey the Canoe Project– a concerted effort to shed some light on these canals that completely surround us here in Miami.

Who Has Navigated Our Canals?

Mar 18, 2013
Terence Cantarella via Twitter

Terence Cantarella, the man who is currently navigating his way around Miami by canoeing through Miami-Dade’s  canals, is not the first person to attempt something similar.

In fact, according to The Miami Herald newspaper archives, this is something that has even been attempted a few times before.

Here is are some stories of other Floridians who have traveled via Miami Canals:

Curses, Criminals And Canals

May 4, 2012
Kenny Malone

Years ago, Terence Cantarella had the idea to navigate Miami-Dade’s canals via canoe.  He’s not an experienced paddler or an avid outdoorsman, but he wanted to seize a homegrown opportunity for adventure: “I wasn’t going to explore the world’s oceans like Jacques [Cousteau]. I don’t have the time or money for that. I was going to spend four days circumnavigating Miami-Dade county via the canals.”

Broward Canals Vs. Miami-Dade Canals

Apr 26, 2012
courtesy of Florida State Archives

As we mentioned yesterday, we’re switching gears a little in the Canoe Project and putting some focus on another city’s canal system: Miami’s neighbor, Fort Lauderdale.

David Samayoa

Yesterday evening at Scotty’s Landing, the WLRN Miami Herald News staff celebrated the end of the Canoe Project and welcomed Terence Cantarella back on dry land. WLRN Miami Herald News anchor Arianna Prothero led a Q & A with Terence about his journey.

Jose Iglesias, El Nuevo Herald

Terence Cantarella, the man behind WLRN’s Canoe Project, crossed multiple lanes of traffic yesterday– and Jose Iglesias of El Nuevo Herald got it all on video.

Sights And Sounds From Day Two Of The Canoe Project

Apr 17, 2012
Jose A. Iglesias for El Nuevo Herald

Listen to Terence Cantarella talk about what it is like to be canoeing through some of Miami’s canals by himself while also looking at some of the images he posted on Twitter earlier today.

Arnold Markowitz

Considering the amount of time we here at WLRN Miami Herald News have been talking about canals recently, due to our immersion into the Canoe Project, Arnold Markowitz, a listener, offered to us some information about an interesting characteristic of Miami canals: they have some pretty great fishing!

WLRN Miami Herald News reporter, Trina Sargalski, recently chatted with Arnold Markowitz, a local fishing expert here in Miami, about why he loves fishing in Miami’s canals.

El Nuevo Herald via YouTube

Jose Iglesias of El Nuevo Herald has put together some great videos featuring Terence Cantarella, the man behind the Canoe Project.

In these videos Terence shows us his route on a map, what he packed for his trip and how he gets around dams.

Watch below: